• Our Weekend Stay at the Marina Bay Sands

    Courtesy of a family friend who is a member of the Sands Rewards LifeStyle program, we were treated to a weekend stay at the Marina Bay Sands, inclusive of club access. Here’s where we indulged ourselves in afternoon teas and evening cocktails, soaked in the stunning Singapore skyline from the rooftop infinity pool, and finally, we give our verdict on whether the Marina Bay Sands hotel really lives up to its name. The hotel The Marina Bay Sands is unique from its other 5-star hotel counterparts in that it is an integrated resort. Within the hotel there is a casino, a convention centre, a luxury shopping mall and a museum. It…

  • To Travel Or Not To Travel?

    Recently, Edwin and I were having this debate. After we’d returned from our honeymoon to Greece and Italy, my thirst for wanderlust only refueled, and I found myself booking us another (almost) impromptu trip to Phuket four months later. It’s been another two months, and I sorely miss the adventure, the beautiful sights – waking up to the view of the ocean right outside our window – and the excitement of the unfamiliar. Browsing through my Instagram feed (Confession: I follow way too many travel content creators), I am already thinking of our next destination. And though it’s still early, I have already made up my mind – New Zealand. Driving along…

  • Phang Nga Bay: Phuket’s Tourism Done Right

    When Edwin and I visited Phuket three years ago, like any excited tourist, one of the attractions we did was elephant trekking. Only returning back to Singapore did we realise that behind the facade of these majestic wild animals, are cruel practices that exploit and abuse them to become docile and obedient. In many cases, elephants are taken from their mothers from young and are subjected to a prolonged period of systematic torture in a process called “Phajaan”, or “breaking the spirit”. With this knowledge in mind, we decided against animal tourism in our recent trip to Phuket. I’m not saying that all animal tourism in Phuket is harmful, there…

  • Rome: The Eternal City

    There is a reason why they call Rome “The Eternal City”. It feels like you have travelled back in time to the Roman empire. Ruins are scattered across the city and you can stumble upon pieces of them wherever you go. Despite the grandeur of the city with numerous major landmarks, we didn’t enjoy Rome as much as Florence or Venice partly because Rome was just too hot. It was 37 degrees on the afternoon we arrived. Edwin and I both fell sick due to the heat and dehydration (no, I refuse to believe it was because of the gelato we ate everyday :P). Rome was not only sweltering, but…

  • Romancing Florence

    “Should we walk or take a taxi?” I asked Edwin as we fumbled with our luggage. We had just gotten off a 2-hour train ride from Venice and it was mid-afternoon in the city of Florence. Now this is when we regret checking the route to our Airbnb the night before. Our host had mentioned that it was just a 15 minute walk from the station, but with our luggage threatening to break apart as we considered rolling it across cobbled-stone streets, the taxi it was decided. We soon learnt that the entire historical centre of Florence, which is where all the main attractions like the Uffizi, Duomo and the…

  • Venice: A Modern Day Fairytale

    Venice, with its old idyllic charm and winding waterways, is well known as one of the most romantic cities in Europe. Add thousands of tourists converging in narrow streets and clusters of flying pigeons escaping your face by inches, and some of the lustre is lost. Despite the crowd, we were still fully enchanted by Venice’s sights and sounds, though there are a few things to avoid should you be making a trip to Venice for the first time. With careful planning, you can be sure to get the best experience out of this City on Water. Wait, how much did you say it was again? Did you know that…

  • Cinque Terre in One Day

    Many of us would have seen pictures of Cinque Terre, commonly listed in articles such as “Most beautiful places in the world” or “Places to visit before you die”. After all, Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, consisting of five little fishing villages along the rugged coast of the Italian Riviera. Much of its charm and allure comes from its distinct colourful houses, each village with its own unique character. Now that you have set your heart and eyes on this gorgeous seaside town, you might find yourself in the same situation as we did, having only 10 days in Italy, but not wanting to miss Cinque Terre.…

  • 20 Tips to Travelling with Chronic Back Pain

    I am an avid traveller. Or rather, I was. In 2011 when I was in university, I spent 6 months in Paris for a “student exchange programme”. That was what they call it. We, on the other hand, took it as an opportunity to travel. What classes?  Two years down the road I found myself entering the workplace. And it was also the point where I suffered a slipped disc in my low back. The pain persisted and became chronic. Till today, four years after, I experience daily constant back pain (at times debilitating). I thought my days of travelling were over. If I can barely sit through a 2-hour…

  • The Soundtrack of our Summer

    The idea behind this video came about because we wanted to find a way to document our adventures. It was quite the ambitious undertaking because Edwin and I have never attempted such a video before. But we decided to try! Though our attempts did wane at the end, you can tell from the lack of footage. So, here is the final product captured with my humble iPhone. P.S. If you’re wondering about the song choice (and surprised because I don’t like electronic dance music), Edwin introduced it to me on the train ride from Florence to Rome and as we were listening to it together, watching the world pass us…

  • Athens: Greek Gods and Temple Rocks

    Athens was the start of our 18 day honeymoon, so you can say that it was here that we were first welcomed by Europe’s summer heat (almost at its peak), and were we not ready for it! Still, countless reapplications of sunblock later, I must say it was pretty surreal, standing on the Acropolis and seeing the Parthenon in front of our eyes, learning about the layers of history that exist between these marbled rocks. We’d booked our Airbnb apartment with Sean quite early in advance at a good rate. It’s actually possible to get an apartment for 40 euros in Athens during peak season! The location was perfect, just 5…